Whether you’re just beginning on your medical marijuana journey or you’ve been a patient for a while, marijuana products are going to be at the center of your treatment plan. Medical marijuana comes in many forms, and as a patient, you have the freedom to choose the products that work best for you and your condition.

Dispensaries can be overwhelming, especially during your first visit. However, dispensary staff are often very friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable, guiding you and offering help when needed.

Check out these top ways to consume medical marijuana to prepare yourself for a visit to your favorite dispensary.

Vaporizers:

Vaporizers are one of the most popular ways to consume medical marijuana due to their discreet and portable nature. They are easy to use with effects taking place 2-5 minutes of inhalation. Effects last 2-4 hours.  Vaping is becoming more popular than smoking because it may be less harsh on the lungs and doesn’t leave a lingering smell. Patients can purchase varying THC/CBD doses in cartridges and inhale the vapor for quick dosing when needed.

Tinctures and Sprays:

Tinctures and sprays are both liquid forms of medical marijuana that go directly in the mouth. Tinctures come with an eyedropper that sucks the liquid up for sublingual use under the tongue. Similarly, sprays are also taken sublingually but sprayed directly in the mouth. Tinctures and sprays both allow for quick dosing with effects taking place within 15-30 minutes. Effects typically last 4-6 hours

Capsules:

Pills and capsules may be the best option for patients who don’t want to taste their medical marijuana at all. These capsules contain medical marijuana oil and can be swallowed for discreet dosing. They provide the most accurate dosing and are available in a variety of dosing options with THC and CBD. They have a similar mechanism of action to edibles, in that they take 1-2 hours to go into effect, but have a much longer duration of action of up to 6-8 hours.  Capsules are great options for sleep and chronic pain.

Edibles:

Now that edibles are approved in the state of Florida, they have become a popular form of medical marijuana ingestion. That is because they are discreet, tasty, and offer precise dosing for new medical marijuana users. They come in a myriad of foods ranging from brownies to cookies to crackers and even ice cream. Their effects last for hours, making them ideal for chronic pain sufferers. One of the only drawbacks of edibles is the length of time it can take for their effects to kick in — anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the patient’s metabolism.

Topicals:

Medical marijuana also comes in topical solutions, such as lotions, waxes and patches. Unlike other forms of medical marijuana, topicals do not produce the “high” associated with marijuana. Instead, they can be rubbed directly onto painful areas for localized relief.

Transdermals:

Similar to topicals, but these products, typically patches, actually deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream through the skin.  A good option for those who need continuous relief from chronic conditions.

At MMTCFL, we can determine if you are eligible for medical marijuana and help you get your medical marijuana registration card. Get started with medical marijuana today by taking our online eligibility survey.